Last night Randwick Council voted to support the motion of Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey that it seek to buy up property in High Street or Belmore Road for an alternative site for the light rail interchange that is planned for High Cross Park. In a surprise move the Labor Councillors voted unsuccessfully to oppose the motion after they failed to get an amendment of their own supported.
Later in the evening the Labor block were successful in blocking a second Greens motion that would have seen the Council wage an active media campaign to buy the Government owned share of the Kingsford Market site on fair and reasonable terms. The Juniors (i.e South Juniors) and the Kingsford Chamber of Commerce would have been invited into an agreement to develop the site to make up for parking that will be lost to them when the CSELR is built. Greens Councillor Murray Matson who moved the unsuccessful motion has vowed to resubmit it.
Councillor Matson said after the meeting,
“The Juniors and the Chamber of Commerce would have been looking to the Council to get a ‘Fair Go for Kingsford’ campaign up and running but last night that campaign was given a no go by Labor.”